Rob Sheffield's 2012 Fall TV Preview

Your day-by-day guide to the 21 new and returning shows worth watching

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ABC, Wednesdays Starting October 10th at 10 p.m.

Connie Britton is building the most nonsensical résumé in Hollywood: from the mega-earnest Tami on Friday Night Lights, where she played the only straight woman in America who didn't seem like she wanted to sleep with Coach Taylor, to the hapless harridan of American Horror Story, where she jumped on the gimp in the attic and rode him like a funky pony. But Nashville may be her crowning glory. As a washed-up country star, Britton tries to salvage her career by going out on tour with a snotty, stuck-up little ingénue: Hayden Panettiere. Needless to say, the two square off with jealous mind games – Britton gets in touch with her self-righteous scorn, while Panettiere is bracingly believable as the brat. It all makes for extremely fruitful pulp – it's Smash meets Amadeus, only in cowboy boots.

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